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Book review: A unlikely shot at 'Fame'
Book review: A unlikely shot at 'Fame'

Fame A Novel in Nine Episodes Daniel Kehlmann Pantheon: 192 pp., $24 Daniel Kehlmann's novel "Fame" includes what must be one of the most hackneyed sex scenes I've read this year. It begins with the narrator musing, "I desired her so much I would have given a year of my life." Once coitus begins he finds that "my existence split into two halves: a before and an after, for all time." As the ecstasy continues, the lovers become "so entwined that we could be one body or Siamese twins," and, quite mysteriously, "we clutch each other as if we were swimming in the Sargasso Sea." Despite a little too much writing like that,...

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